Often when we get talking about craft gin in the United States we inevitably get to talking about “contemporary” gin. Those “crazy,” “new western,” “new American,” “out there,” “not your grandpa’s gin,” and other such descriptors. Perish those terms from your mind now. Denver Dry Gin is none of those and a whole lot more. This is truly a craft gin for those who were raised on classic London Dry gins who might now be looking for a craft alternative.
Nose is bright, full of juniper, soft citrus and a touch of coriander. Nice, immediately recognizable as gin, and classic at that. Taste is remarkably smooth, quiet building juniper, a touch of earthy notes with bright spicy coriander and hints of lime. Finish is slightly warm, but never burning, smooth. Medium length juniper and citrus finish. Nicely balanced.
Juniper comes out brightly and dominant in classics such as a gin and tonic. Highly recommend this for summer G&T’s for lovers of classic style gins. I was equally as impressed with its presentation in several other drinks. Makes for a very smooth, very pleasant martini. The bright citrus and coriander notes stand out, and is very easy to drink. It was a little overpowered in the Negroni. Would have loved a dash more strength so that the juniper notes rose above the Vermouth and Campari. But these three drinks tell the story of Denver Dry Gin: smooth, nice flavor, a well made classic gin, but one that works best in drinks where gin is up front and starring. Give me Gimlets, Martinis, Martinez, any of those variations on the Martini put up in Slate’s bracket, or even sip it neat [though I understand if that’s mostly a gin writer thing]. It’s a good gin. But put up against strong ingredients like absinthe, or Campari and it gets pushed to the background a bit.
Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed with Denver Dry Gin. It is one of the nicest classic style gins I’ve had that has come out of the craft distilling explosion in the states. Fans of classic gin should seek this out as there are few better and few more “truly classic” options out there among U.S. craft distillers. Folks who are not such a big fan of the Beefeaters and Gordons of the world will know exactly what they are getting with this gin and are advised to look elsewhere.
I’d change very little about what I think is an otherwise superb spirit. My only thought would be a touch more strength [maybe 90 proof? 94 proof] might give it the edge to become a five star spirit, if the same smoothness can be maintained at a higher strength. But overall, highly recommended.
And all of this without ever mentioning once that the price is extremely good compared to the quality of the drink.
Price: $20/ 750 mL
Origin: [flag code=”US” size=”16″ text=”no”] Colorado
Best consumed: A gin that works well as a classic gin and works well in nearly any drink. In drinks which use only a small bit of gin, can be overpowered as it is only 40%.
Availability: At Mile High Distillery in Denver
Rating: Excellent and well made gin which will thrill all those in search of a nice classic style gin being made in the United States.
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